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“But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”  (Matthew 7:26-27, NLT)

Most of our personal calamities or failures occur for lack of obedience to Jesus’ teaching.  It is not because the calamity is God’s “payback” for our disobedience; rather, it is because we have ignored God’s blueprint that we discover, frequently in tears, that our own designs are inadequate for the stresses of life.  In this instance, we are responsible for our choices.

It is helpful to note that in Jesus’ parable, both houses are beat upon by the rains, and assaulted by the floods.  However, only the house built on a solid rock is able to withstand the events that test our foundation.

When the next storm of life arrives, will your life’s foundation prove adequate?  Jesus says, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (verse 24)  – Luther

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“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:7-8, NLT)

A commentary on these verses in The People’s New Testament says this: “The terms are here used with reference to prayer, and these constitute a climax.  Ask implies a simple petition.  Seek indicates an earnest search.  Knock shows perseverance in spite of hindrances.  The three represent earnest prayer.”

Discerning sense from nonsense in the topic of prayer tries the patience of even the most stalwart of Christian disciples.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic; and some of these opinions appear contradictory.

In every such instance, return to the simple words of our Christ: Ask.  Seek.  Knock.

God knows what we want before we ask, but He is delighted by the petitions of His children, in the manner of a small child who always takes all of her joys, concerns, and hurts to her father’s ear, because, “My daddy can do anything!”  – Luther

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“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”  (Revelation 12:17, NIV)

The book of Revelation’s bold and graphic metaphors might discourage some of us from looking into it’s central message: The ultimate state of God’s creation.

The devil and his demons wage war against all that is of God.  Scripture tells us that the devil’s goal is to kill, steal, and to destroy.  He failed in his rebellion against God before the creation of the world.  He failed again in his efforts to keep Jesus from His mission to be the Redeemer of God’s creation.

As we await the return and “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (which is the the full title of the book we commonly know as “the book of Revelation”), the devil wages “war against the rest of her [the church’s] offspring”: Those who keep God’s commands and hold fast to their testimony about Jesus.

Each new day brings challenges to our commitment to obey God and to proclaim Jesus in deeds and in words.  Do not fear.  Do not fret.  Stand firm for all that is true, and good, and worthy of the approval of our heavenly Father.  – Luther

 

 

 

 

 

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